Cast Iron makes headlines.

We’ve been featured everywhere from national magazines and talk shows to syndicated news programs, as industry insiders and contributors to notable films and television series. Here are a few of our latest cameos.

Oregon Film Industry in the News

Lana Veenker and Oregon Film Commissioner Tim Williams recently sat down with Mary Loos from KATU to talk about Oregon’s growing film industry. Grimm and Portlandia have ended, but their success, along with Oregon’s reputation and film incentive, make the … Continue reading

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How to Get Your Child into Show Business

Lana got to join Tra’Renee Chambers on KATU’s new show Afternoon Live on September 20th to talk about how to get your child into show business. Lana was able to give some great tips on the best way to go … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Studios Offices Damaged by Fire

As some of you may have heard, our offices were damaged by a fire on Saturday, August 27th. Luckily, no one was injured, and the fire, which started on the roof, did not reach our floor. The smoke and water … Continue reading

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The Grimm team supports the upcoming 2016 OHS Doggie Dash!

Lana and her puppy Justin represented the Grimm Loves Pets Team last night on KGW’s Live at 7 to help spread the word about the 29th Annual Oregon Humane Society Doggie Dash, happening on May 14th! http://www.kgw.com/entertainment/television/programs/live-at-7/grimm-cast-supports-the-oregon-humane-society-2016-doggie-dash/175276207  They’d love for … Continue reading

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Lana Returns to AM Northwest with a Film & TV Update

Thanks to TV shows like “The Librarians” and “Portlandia,” show business is booming in Oregon. Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by AM Northwest on March 30th to talk to Helen Raptis about what types of productions could be coming to … Continue reading

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The Oregonian asks “What’s it Like?”

Kristi Turnquist of the Oregonian chatted with Lana–as well as Costume Designer Critter Pierce and Producer David Cress–about what it takes to put together a television series. Here’s Kristi’s story, which ran in the A&E this Sunday, March 28th. LANA … Continue reading

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USA Today looks at diversity in Hollywood

In February, USA Today’s Maria Puente reached out to Lana Veenker, among others, on the subject of diversity in the entertainment industry. Check out the state of affairs: No A’s for effort on H’wood’s diversity report card Maria Puente, Andrea Mandell … Continue reading

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KATU on the Success of Our Film Incentive Program!

Anna Canzano of KATU caught up with Lana Veenker on Oscar night to discuss the Oregon Production Incentive Fund and how it has brought many great projects to Oregon! ‘Our film incentive program has brought a lot of TV series … Continue reading

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Lars Larson on Movie Subsidies in Oregon

Recently Lana Veenker did an amazing job of explaining the Oregon Film Tax Credit on the the Lars Larson Show. Now that he understands our industry better, should we cast him as a Wesen on Grimm?

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More Good Day Oregon: Our Film Bill Passes!

Stephanie Kralevich of More Good Day Oregon recently covered the passage of SB 1507, which included an increase to the Oregon Production Investment Fund! Many thanks to all the legislators who voted in favor of this jobs-creating bill, and to … Continue reading

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KGW: Red Carpet at the 2015 Oregon Actor Awards

The OMPA‘s 2015 Oregon Actor Awards took center stage (Portland Center Stage, that is) on Monday night, November 23rd. Cassidy Quinn from KGW’s Live at 7 broadcast talks to Lana on the red carpet before the show:

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KPTV covers Talent Diversity Initiative Graduation at Cast Iron Studios

On Saturday, November 21st, the 32 actors from our Class of 2015 Talent Diversity Initiative graduated at Cast Iron Studios. The fun-filled day featured mock auditions, a Q&A with the team at CIS, and guest speakers Mary McDonald-Lewis (dialect coach), … Continue reading

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Lana talks Oregon film & TV on XRAY FM’s Carl in the Morning

Lana visited Carl Wolfson of XRAY FM’s Carl in the Morning on 11/20 to talk about the Oregon Actor Awards, scheduled for November 23rd, 2015 at Portland Center Stage, and about Oregon’s vibrant film and television production scene. Have a … Continue reading

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XRAY FM’s Jenn Chavez covers the Talent Diversity Initiative

Lana Veenker, the President of Cast Iron Studios, discusses diversity in Oregon film and television casting and her studio’s Talent Diversity Initiative with Jenn Chavez of XRAY FM’s The Five Quadrants of Portland. Running through October and November and culminating in … Continue reading

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Portland Radio Project features Diversity Initiative Coach Jana Lee Hamblin

UPDATE: In case you missed it, here’s the link to Jana’s interview on Biz503! Her segment starts at 20:29. Be sure to tune in on Friday, October 23rd at 1:00 PM to Portland Radio Project‘s new show, Biz503, talking about … Continue reading

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More Good Day Oregon on NW Talent Diversity Initiative

In case you missed it, here’s the segment about our Talent Diversity Initiative on More Good Day Oregon with Stephanie Kralevich, which aired on KPTV Fox 12 on Tuesday, October 20th: Portland Casting Director Lana Veenker of Cast Iron Studios … Continue reading

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NW Talent Diversity Initiative on More Good Day Oregon!

Stephanie Kralevich stopped by our studios recently to interview students from our Northwest Talent Diversity Initiative Class of 2015! Be sure to tune into More Good Day Oregon on KPTV/Fox 12 this Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 9:00 AM. We … Continue reading

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Oregon film and media types tackle talent diversity issues

(Thanks to the PBJ for this article on our training program!) Portland Business Journal October 12, 2015 By Andy Giegerich TNT and three film and television groups are hosting a “talent diversity initiative” that could help bring a wider range … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Studios, Acting Coaches Host Talent Diversity Initiative

32 Northwest Performers Selected to Complete 36-Hour Actor Training Intensive for Film & Television For Immediate Release October 10, 2015 (PORTLAND, OR) Thirty-two Northwest actors have been chosen to complete a six-week intensive training program, as part of a new … Continue reading

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Lana Talks to More Good Day Oregon About Breaking Into the Biz

ICYMI: On Tuesday, August 11th, Casting Director Lana Veenker spoke with Stephanie Kralevich of More Good Day Oregon about what’s shooting in Oregon and how you can get involved! Have a peek:               More … Continue reading

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6 Do’s and Don’ts of Sending Gifts

When is it appropriate to give a gift to an industry contact? When is it not? What should you give (or not give)? Will baking brownies for casting directors earn you brownie points? In Lana’s latest Backstage column, she shares … Continue reading

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Lana talks to AM Northwest about Oregon film & video

When TV and film productions come to town, job openings come too!  Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by AM Northwest on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, to fill us in on what’s going on now, and possible job opportunities too! Link … Continue reading

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Filmed in Oregon: The stiff competition for Hollywood’s business

Once again, the Oregon film and television industry is seeking support from the state legislature to increase the incentive program. Even with continued success after the previous increase two years ago, the state continues to turn away potential productions due … Continue reading

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Lana on Will Roberts Weekly Telegram Radio Show

This week on the Will Roberts Weekly Telegram, Will interviews Lana Veenker on the benefits of working regionally. “It doesn’t take long for a skilled actor to become known to all the local casting directors when there are only a … Continue reading

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3 Mistruths That Can Ruin Your Chances as an Actor

Have you ever lied or exaggerated about your acting credits on your résumé? Beware, because the truth always comes out! Lana shares several real-life stories in her latest column, courtesy of Backstage. I once received a pitch email from a … Continue reading

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Marilu Henner interviews Lana on Wild, Grimm and casting in Oregon

Got a call out of the blue to go on the Marilu Henner Show on Friday, February 20th, to talk about Wild, Grimm and casting in Oregon, thanks to my college friend and long-time radio producer Gina Yates! Marilu was … Continue reading

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6 Tips for Making the Small Roles Count

Coming off the heels of the critically acclaimed “Wild,” here’s some advice from Lana on making the small roles count, courtesy of Backstage. When our office was hired to cast 40 supporting and featured roles in “Wild” (around 30 of … Continue reading

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KINK Radio: Lana Veenker on casting and Oregon production

Sheila Hamilton talks with Lana Veenker of Cast Iron Studios about Oregon film and television, and casting for an increasing number of commercials and major motion pictures. This segment airs on KINK FM 101.9 on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at … Continue reading

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Oscars 2015: CD Lana Veenker and film critic Shawn Levy weigh in

On January 15th, Lana dropped in on KGW News with film critic Shawn Levy to talk about this year’s Oscar nominations and their local connections. Check it out: Link to original post.

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AM Northwest: Local Actors in the Movie, ‘Wild’

In case you missed the segment on AM Northwest this morning, here it is! “It’s a movie based on the best-selling book by local author Cheryl Strayed.  Wild is playing now in Portland and we were happy to be joined … Continue reading

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Portland ‘Wild’ Premiere and Red-Carpet Madness on AM Northwest, KINK FM

On Monday, December 8th, Portland’s Cinema 21 welcomed actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, director Jean-Marc Vallée, author Cheryl Strayed, and producer Bruna Papandrea at the red-carpet premiere of Wild. AM Northwest producer Tammy Hernandez was on hand to talk … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Thriller, Horror, and Supernatural Auditions

Auditioning for a spooky thriller or horror film? Embrace the fear and let it fuel your performance. Here’s Lana’s latest Backstage Expert column! My office has subjected our neighbors to a fair amount of screaming, sobbing, and agonizing deaths, after … Continue reading

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PBJ: Tax credits and the advantage of being in Oregon

Erik Siemers of the Portland Business Journal, who recently interviewed Lana on Oregon’s film tax incentive program, now speaks to Travis Knight of LAIKA to get his take. Over the last few months, I’ve interviewed several people connected to Portland’s … Continue reading

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23 Must-Follow L.A. CDs on Twitter

This week, Lana somewhat curiously made Backstage‘s list of the top Los Angeles-based casting directors to follow on Twitter. While it’s an unusual honor–seeing that she’s actually based in Portland, Oregon–there are quite a few CDs on this list whom … Continue reading

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Oregon Film & Video Update on KATU’s AM Northwest

Lana dropped by the KATU studios this morning to give Dave Anderson and Helen Raptis an update on all the film and television activity in Oregon in recent months. From the new TNT series “The Librarians” to the early Oscar … Continue reading

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13 Travel Tips for Actors

Today’s expert column for Backstage is close to Lana’s heart. Check out her travel secrets from a lifetime of vagabonding the planet! A former expatriate who has traveled extensively over the past 30 years, Casting Director Lana Veenker shares her … Continue reading

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EVENT: Cast Iron Studios to host “Casting By” doc for VoteERA.org

Love Women? Love Film? Love Equality? Cast Iron Studios is proud to host the enthralling Tom Donahue documentary “Casting By” featuring Ed Asner, Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Robert De Niro, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, … Continue reading

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8 Tips for Starting a Life and Career in Portland

Are you an actor considering a move to Portland? Check out Lana’s latest Backstage article, which also appeared in the June 5th print edition! So, after hearing all of the buzz about Portland, you’ve decided to relocate to the Rose … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Recognize an Acting or Modeling Scam

Lana’s latest expert column, courtesy of Backstage. One day, when I was about 19, my friend Rich* showed up on my doorstep gushing that a “talent scout” had stopped him on the street on the way over. The scout was … Continue reading

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PBJ Interview: Casting Director Lana Veenker on Tax Credits, Actors and Being Starstruck

Check out Erik Siemers’s April 25th interview with Lana Veenker for the Portland Business Journal. See also PBJ’s recent blog post on our development division.

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Portland casting director raising funds to finance Oregon-made films

A peek at what has been happening behind the scenes at Cast Iron Studios, thanks to the Portland Business Journal. By Erik Siemers Apr 24, 2014 Lana Veenker has played a role in some of the biggest film and TV … Continue reading

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12 Major Faux Pas to Avoid on Set

Last month, Lana asked actors to submit their biggest on-set gaffes to help prevent other actors from committing the same mistakes. Here’s her latest column, based on the valuable (and cringe-worthy!) examples they submitted, courtesy of Backstage. (Names have been … Continue reading

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11 Tips for Monologue-Challenged Actors

Lana’s latest expert column, courtesy of Backstage. Each December, our casting company joins others across the country to host a Meals for Monologues event. Anyone and everyone can be seen by our casting directors in exchange for a few cans … Continue reading

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7 Things To Do If You Think You’ve Been Blacklisted

Think you’ve been blacklisted by a casting office? Here are a few things to consider from the casting side. Lana’s latest column, courtesy of Backstage. In response to my article, 10 Tips for Surviving a Bad Audition, an actor I … Continue reading

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Casting for Success: Lana Veenker to speak at Marylhurst University

Lana Veenker will be the keynote speaker at Marylhurst University’s Celebration Brunch on Sunday, October 20, 2013 as part of its Reunion Weekend. The event is open to the public. Come join us! Casting for Success: Shapeshifting a Hollywood Career … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Surviving a Bad Audition

Lana’s latest column, courtesy of Backstage! So you tanked that big, important audition? Hang in there. Here is some advice to help lessen the pain. 1. Are you sure you blew it? I’ve often heard actors say, “I was terrible. … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Studios in Horizon’s in-flight magazine

In the June 2013 Horizon edition of the Alaska Airlines Magazine, Eric Gold explores the Portland locations and local businesses that play an important part in the film and television industry. The 10-page article features Oregon location scout Roger Faires, … Continue reading

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What Casting Directors Are Looking For on Your Resume

Check out Lana’s latest Expert Column, courtesy of Backstage: I have news for you: No one reads resumes. Okay, that’s not entirely accurate. But it isn’t far from the truth either. I learned this while working at my first casting … Continue reading

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KINK FM on Oregon film & our workshops for kids

Tune into Sheila Hamilton‘s March 26th interview with Casting Director Lana Veenker on 101.9 KINK FM about Oregon’s film and TV industry, its film production incentive program, and Cast Iron Studios upcoming workshops for kids and parents: To register for … Continue reading

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12 Steps To Surviving Open Casting Calls For Parents

While we rarely conduct open calls, sometimes clients request them for specific reasons. And so it was that several hundred babies, kids, and toddlers recently tottered through our doors over the course of a long Saturday. Afterwards, my team and … Continue reading

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8 Tips for Networking at Film Festivals

On assignment at this year’s Berlinale, Casting Director Lana Veenker asked actors from a dozen countries for their top networking tips. Here is their best advice! Courtesy of Backstage.         1. Commit. If your film is accepted … Continue reading

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Oregon Film & TV Update on AM Northwest

From “Portlandia” to a new show starring Geena Davis, Portland is buzzing with TV and Film productions.  Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped by KATU’s AM Northwest with an update.

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Finding Faces for the Silver Screen

An article from p.29 of the February 2013 issue of The Vienna Review, in anticipation of Lana’s lecture and Q&A at the Vienna campus of Webster University on February 12th.

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5 Things To Know Before Heading to Hollywood

Courtesy of Backstage: For a regional casting director, it’s tremendously fulfilling to midwife actors through their big move to Hollywood. But too often, actors take this leap haphazardly, convinced the red carpets will unfurl for their boundless talent and good … Continue reading

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Should L.A. actors hit the Oregon Trail? Backstage asks Lana Veenker about state film tax credits

Sean J. Miller of Backstage recently asked Casting Director Lana Veenker to comment on Governor Kitzhaber’s proposed increase to the Oregon Production Incentive Fund and the implications for actors living in Los Angeles. His big question: Is it worthwhile for … Continue reading

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The Secret to Guaranteed Success

Read up as Lana offers a New Year’s gift to readers in her latest Backstage Expert installment: The Secret to Guaranteed Success Backstage.com | By Lana Veenker | Posted Dec. 27, 2012, noon A most cherished holiday tradition has formed … Continue reading

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6 Real Auditions Gone Horribly Wrong

My latest Backstage Expert column is whipping up a firestorm in comments on the Backstage website! I knew I was writing it with a cheekier tone than my norm, but some feel it comes across as offensive. Have a read … Continue reading

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Lana’s Top 5 Audition Tips in 1859 Oregon’s Magazine

You may have spotted Lana in the November/December print edition of 1859 Oregon’s Magazine, talking about five things she looks for in an audition. Here’s a scan, if you missed it. Click the thumbnail to view a larger version. Here’s … Continue reading

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KOBI-TV 5 Medford talks to Lana Veenker

Lana recently visited the studios of NBC affiliate KOBI-TV 5 to talk about her upcoming workshop in Medford. Click to view this Five-on-5 segment: She’s also teaching in Bend on Tuesday, November 13th! Tickets are still available here. Link to … Continue reading

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Casting Director Lana Veenker to Teach Bend Actors How to Go Pro

Lana is making a rare tour of Southern & Central Oregon in the coming days, stopping in Bend next week to teach one of her popular Tools For Actors workshops. Casting Director Lana Veenker to Teach Bend Actors How to … Continue reading

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Think Hollywood is the only place for an acting career? Think again.

Regional markets are booming, while production flees Los Angeles. What does this mean for actors? Find out in Lana’s latest Backstage column! Think Hollywood Is The Only Place For An Acting Career? Think Again. By Lana Veenker, CSA | Posted … Continue reading

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Is Acting the Business for You?

Lana’s first contribution as a Back Stage Expert is now available on Backstage.com. Check it out and take the quiz to decide if you have the mettle for an acting career! 12 Questions to Determine Whether You’re Ready to Pursue … Continue reading

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8 Ways for Kids to Stand Out at a Commercial Audition

Backstage.com recently checked in with Lana to find out her top tips for kids going out on commercial auditions. Read up to make sure your child actor is equipped with the tools for success: 8 Ways for Kids to Stand … Continue reading

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Is MTV’s The Real World coming to Portland?

As the rumors continue to fly, Fox 12‘s Sophie Soong dropped in on Eryn Goodman of Cast Iron Studios to hear her thoughts on why the popular MTV series might be considering the Rose City for its home base next … Continue reading

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Another series to shoot in Portland?

Word on the street is that MTV’s “Real World” may be coming to Portland to shoot its next season here: yet another sign that Oregon is becoming a real player in the film and video industry, creating family-wage jobs and … Continue reading

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Set in Portland; Shot in L.A.

Earlier this month, TNT announced a deal with David E. Kelley for a new cable television drama series titled “Monday Mornings”. The show, slated to air in 2013, will be centered around the fictitious Chelsea General Hospital located in Portland. Although the … Continue reading

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Got Hipsters? Travel+Leisure Chats with Lana Veenker

When Travel+Leisure’s Katrina Brown Hunt set out to write an article on America’s Best Cities for Hipsters, she checked in with casting director Lana Veenker for the inside scoop on the Rose City.   Although Seattle eventually took the top … Continue reading

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Former ‘Oprah Show’ Staffer Joins Cast Iron Studios

Former Oprah Show staffer, Gwen Martin, recently joined the ranks at Portland’s premiere casting company, Cast Iron Studios, as Director of Development & Marketing. Gwen brings nearly a decade of television experience to the veteran company that is currently casting … Continue reading

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Lana Veenker Talks “Leverage” on KXL

Listen up!  On Monday, March 5, Casting Director Lana Veenker spoke with KXL’s Afternoon News about “Leverage” getting underway in Portland for its fifth season. Lana Veenker on KXL — March 5, 2012

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Meals for Monologues: Post Game

Our Meals for Monologues event this past Wednesday, December 7, was a rousing success!  Actors from all over the Pacific Northwest joined the effort and the results were amazing. After seven hours of open call auditions, Casting Directors Lana Veenker … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss Our Casting Call for NBC’s "Grimm"!

Don’t miss our casting call for Grimm this afternoon! The new series starring David Giuntoli premieres October 28th on NBC. Here’s a round-up of news coverage about our auditions: Want To Star In “Grimm”? FM News 101 KXL October 18, … Continue reading

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Press Release: Open Casting Call for NBC’s "Grimm"

LANA VEENKER CASTING SEEKS YOUNG ADULTS FOR NBC PRIMETIME DRAMA “Grimm” is currently shooting in Portland and surrounding areas PORTLAND, ORE.  Lana Veenker Casting announced today that it is seeking 18-22 year olds, both male and female, all ethnicities to … Continue reading

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U.S. Casting Director to Visit Austria: Guest Lecturer at Webster University & Workshop at IfiF Productions

For our German-speaking friends: An article on Lana’s upcoming lecture and workshop on Austria’s university portal, Studium.at: US Casting-Direktorin zu Besuch in ÖsterreichGastvortrag an der Webster University sowie Workshop bei IfiF ProductionsStudium.at22 September 2011 Lana Veenker (bekannt durch Filme und … Continue reading

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Talking film & TV on "Have You Heard? with Byron Beck"

Had a blast co-hosting Have You Heard? with Byron Beck the other day. We really enjoyed working together, although I did have to bust his chops a bit about his “Between Two Ferns” set dec! 😉 Oregon’s top casting director, … Continue reading

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What’s New in Portland Film & TV? AM Northwest Finds Out.

Great to see KATU’s Dave Anderson again (after his star turn on Leverage episode 408, which will air in a few weeks!) on this morning’s AM Northwest. Portland is buzzing with TV and Film productions. Casting Director Lana Veenker stopped … Continue reading

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Consejos sobre agencias de talento: Univision interviews Lana Veenker about talent agencies & scams

For our Spanish-speaking friends: How to recognize talent agency and casting scams! Roxy de la Torre interviews Lana at KUNP, Portland’s Univision affiliate. See this blog post for more information and resources in Spanish!  

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‘Speaking Freely’ about Oregon Film on KINK

If you missed Lana on Speaking Freely on 101.9 KINK FM here is the link to hear Sheila Hamilton interview Casting Director Lana Veenker about all the recent film and TV production in Oregon.

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‘Speaking Freely’ about Oregon Film on KINK this Sunday!

Tune into Speaking Freely on 101.9 KINK FM on Sunday, June 12th from 6:30 to 7:00 AM (PDT) to hear Sheila Hamilton interview Casting Director Lana Veenker about all the recent film and TV production in Oregon. Or stream it … Continue reading

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Your Child in Movies: Better TV Interviews Lana Veenker at Tribeca Film Festival

Prior to the premiere of Rid of Me at Tribeca Film Festival, Casting Director Lana Veenker shared tips with Better TV‘s Rhiannon Ally on how to get your child into show biz, no matter where you live. Your Child in … Continue reading

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NBC picks "Grimm" pilot filmed in Portland for series

KGW’s Joe Smith spoke to Vince Porter from the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, Mayor Sam Adams, Doug Boss, owner of Pacific Grip and Lighting, and Lana Veenker about the new NBC series “Grimm” that the Film Office has … Continue reading

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Cultivating a World-Class Talent Pool 1000 Miles from Hollywood

Thanks once again to Bonnie Gillespie for featuring Portland in her column The Actors Voice – POV for Showfax.com. Cultivating a World-Class Talent Pool 1000 Miles from Hollywood Lana Veenker’s POV: Portland Casting The Actors’ Voice – POV May 1, … Continue reading

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Back Stage’s Spotlight on Regional Casting: Pacific NW

Check out Back Stage’s recent article on regional markets, in which Les Spindle talks to Lana about the Northwest. Spotlight on Regional Casting April 21, 2011 Back Stage Why cling to the major hubs when there’s work to be had … Continue reading

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Variety loves "Rid of Me"

Just got home from the premiere of Rid of Me at Tribeca Film Festival. New York City was a blast! Check out this glowing review of James Westby’s new film in Variety: Rid of Me By John Anderson April 23, … Continue reading

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Oregon Lawmakers Advance Film Subsidy Extension

Lana spoke with AP journalist Jonathan Cooper after testifying at Friday’s hearing on HB 2167 in Salem. Oregon Lawmakers Advance Film Subsidy Extension Oregon House committee votes to extend incentives for film, television production The Associated Press By Jonathan J. … Continue reading

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Show business is booming in Oregon…and FREE screening tickets!

Casting Director Lana Veenker joined KATU’s Helen Raptis and Dave Anderson on AM Northwest to talk about the latest productions and what all the activity means for Oregonians. For more information on the productions and how to get involved, see … Continue reading

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Show business is ‘on a roll’ in Oregon

Ken Boddie talks to Vince Porter, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, and Lana Veenker, about the state of the film industry in Oregon. Show business is ‘on a roll’ in Oregon KOIN 6 News March … Continue reading

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Parents complain about talent agency’s practices

KATU’s Dan Tilkin talks to Lana Veenker about a “scouting company” that recently made a stop in Portland. Parents complain about talent agency’s practices By Dan Tilkin KATU News and KATU.com Staff Jan 17, 2011 PORTLAND, Ore. – A talent … Continue reading

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From Living Off Recycled Tea Bags to Joining the Twilight Team

This Examiner.com interview, conducted in September, was published December 19, 2010 to coincide with the “Leverage” 2-part season three finale. 2010_12_19 – Lana Veenker, Casting Director – From Living Off Recycled Tea Bags to Joining the Twilight Tea…

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Scare Tactics

Megan McMorris explores the interesting on-set experiences of Leverage thugs, stunt performers and background actors in this article featuring Casting Director Lana Veenker. Safe & clean article from the October 2010 issue of Penthouse. 2010_10 – Scare Tactics

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Lana Veenker on OPB’s Think Out Loud Friday, August 13th

Lana will be on Oregon Public Broadcasting‘s Think Out Loud tomorrow, Friday, August 13th, from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM to talk about the state of Oregon on screens both big and small. Additional guests include Kearie Peak (co-executive producer … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Reporter: Made in Oregon

The June 25-27, 2010 issue of The Hollywood Reporter put the spotlight on Oregon: its incentives, landscapes, and talent. Read the article here on The Hollywood Reporter, or find a PDF version below. Casting Director Lana Veenker was highlighted as … Continue reading

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Never too late to swoon: Why are grown women smitten with today’s teen idols?

Beth Teitell of the Boston Globe talks to Lana about adult women and the Twilight phenomenon. Never too late to swoon: Why are grown women smitten with today’s teen idols? By Beth Teitell Boston Globe May 13, 2010 Like many … Continue reading

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Guys like Alex O’Loughlin could grow into big stars

Almost forgot to post this article from USA Today: Guys like Alex O’Loughlin could grow into big stars Friday, April 23, 2010 By Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY What makes a great date? In Hollywood, it’s a pair of stars bringing … Continue reading

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Mayor’s office chimes in on Leverage Boot Camp & Oregon jobs

“Chance favors the well-prepared.” By Jennifer Yocom Tue, February 9, 2010 1:32pm When John Rogers, writer and creator of TNT’s Leverage, talked to Portlanders at this weekend’s Leverage Boot Camp, one quote especially stuck out to me. Borrowed from great … Continue reading

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Thug Boot Camp trains out-of-work burly men for roles on "Leverage"

The Oregonian January 28, 2010 by Kristi Turnquist UPDATE: EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT EXTENDED TO FEB 4! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Think you’re pretty tough, do ya’? Well, here’s your chance to prove it. Sign up for Thug Boot Camp! This … Continue reading

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Portland boy enjoys celebrity perks for ‘Extraordinary Measures’

January 22, 2010 by KGW Staff PORTLAND — An 8-year-old cast last year to play the role of Brendan Frasier’s son in “Extraordinary Measures” got the celebrity treatment at the Hollywood and then again at a cast party in Portland … Continue reading

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Auditions for ‘Twilight’ film are scams, says Portland casting agent Lana Veenker

Oops, I almost forgot to post this, as the interview took place before the holidays! More coverage on the “Breaking Dawn” casting scams circulating the Internet: Auditions for ‘Twilight’ film are scams, says Portland casting agent Lana Veenker By Margie … Continue reading

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The Buzz on recent "Breaking Dawn" audition hoax

On December 7th, 105.1 The Buzz spoke to Lana about the recent “Breaking Dawn” casting scam, as well as rumors about upcoming film production in Oregon.  

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No need to pay to be in Twilight cast

PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s a teen sensation and, wouldn’t you know it, the popularity of the Twilight movies has some preying on those who want to be part of the next movie in that series. KATU’s Bob Heye talks to … Continue reading

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“Twilight” Casting Director Teams With “Experience New Moon” Event for Ultimate Fan Experience

Lana Veenker Casting is teaming with the coordinators behind the “Experience New Moon” event in St. Helens, Oregon to give four lucky fans the ultimate experience. Location Casting Director Lana Veenker and local members of the “Twilight” cast will be … Continue reading

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Interview with Rick Emerson on NW 32’s "Outlook Portland"

Watch as Lana discusses the casting biz, scams, the craft of acting and Oregon film production with Rick Emerson on NW32’s “Outlook Portland.” This weekend’s Outlook Portland: Of Twilight, Leverage, and starry eyes. She’s done the casting for Leverage, Twilight, … Continue reading

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Lana Gives Tips to Child Actors on Better.TV

Brooke Carlson of the nationally syndicated program “Better” talks with Casting Director Lana Veenker about getting your child into the biz, no matter where you live. PS: Just a note that Lana was misquoted when talking about what to look … Continue reading

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Watch AM Northwest on Wednesday morning

Late notice, but Lana will be on KATU’s AM Northwest program tomorrow morning (Wednesday) to talk with Helen Raptis and Dave Anderson about Oregon’s film incentive program and the economic benefit it brings to the state. She also will be … Continue reading

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Margie Boulé writes about Portland casting director Lana Veenker

The Oregonian Sunday, March 01, 2009 by Margie Boulé Lana Veenker is a casting director. She looks for people to fill roles in major motion pictures shot in the Northwest. You might think Lana would walk down the aisles of … Continue reading

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Twilight Turkiye talks with Lana Veenker

Our fine friends over at the Twilight Turkiye fan site have posted an interview (in Turkish) with Lana on the casting of “Twilight,” the progress of “New Moon” and the upcoming John Hillcoat film “The Road,” based on the novel … Continue reading

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AM Northwest Asks How to Get Cast in a Movie

Portland Casting Director Lana Veenker joined AM Northwest today to talk about the February 5th casting call for young boys to play Brendan Fraser’s two sons in a movie set to film in Oregon soon. Watch the video:

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How’d You Get That Gig? Portland Monthly interviews Casting Director Lana Veenker

How’d You Get That Gig? Ah…Life on the set on a Hollywood movie. The glitz, the glam—the sixteen-hour days, the freezing cold, the 3 a.m. call times. Making movies might be the toughest job a person could ever love, and … Continue reading

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Hollywood Team Enlists Oregon Talent to Bring MrsP.com to Life

We somehow missed this when it was posted on Oregon Film last month (must have been the snow!), but we helped cast talent for this children’s website. Hollywood Team Enlists Oregon Talent to Bring MrsP.com to Life Posted 12/1/08 PORTLAND, … Continue reading

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Oregonian Movie Review: "The Auteur" Hits Bottom in Portland

A film we helped cast, which has screened at festivals around the world, finally opens in Portland this evening! We can’t wait! Oregonian Movie Review: “The Auteur” Hits Bottom in Portland by Marc Mohan, Special to The Oregonian Thursday December … Continue reading

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KATU: Vampire Fans line up for "Twilight" Premiere

Joe English of KATU News hits the “Twilight” premiere party at Rocket on Thursday night, before heading to Lloyd Center Cinemas where fans wait in line for the midnight screening. PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the most anticipated movies of … Continue reading

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Portland Monthly Attends Oregon "Twilight" Cast & Crew Party

“Twilight’s” Portland Premiere Portland Monthly November 20, 2008 by Stacey Wilson You’d have to be a member of the undead to not know that the movie version of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer’s juggernaut book series about lost boys and the girls … Continue reading

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Twilight Premiere in LA

For Lana’s full report of the star-studded LA premiere of “Twilight” on Monday night, head over to Shawn Levy’s Mad About Movies blog. Been trying to sit down to write this post all day, but my cell phone has been … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location

Backstage recently interviewed several industry professionals, including Lana, on the health (or lack thereof) of five important moviemaking markets around the country: Location, Location, Location A look at five places where Hollywood happens outside of California. Backstage November 3, 2008 … Continue reading

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The Oregonian Celebrates Creativity

The Ultimate Northwest magazine included in this Sunday’s paper featured a story on Oregon creatives. Lana’s excited to have her interview alongside David Walker’s: The People Issue: Celebrating Creativity Meet 25 of Portland’s most creative thinkers Ultimate Northwest Special Section … Continue reading

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In Toronto, Portland is King!

For our update on how three Oregon films fared at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, hop over to Shawn Levy’s “Mad About Movies” blog on the Oregonian website. Toronto: You (Aren’t) There Posted by Shawn Levy September 10, … Continue reading

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Actor Solomon Trimble on Getting Cast in "Twilight"

Had a great coffee meeting on Friday with Solomon Trimble, whom we cast as Sam Uley in “Twilight.” He sent me the link to this interview, where he talks about his experiences in the audition room and on the set. … Continue reading

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Variety Raves About "The Auteur" at OutFest

Just got back from the West Coast premiere of “The Auteur” at OutFest in Los Angeles. Here’s what Variety has to say about the film: OutFest “The Auteur” Variety July 22, 2008 by Robert Koehler It’s not easy being “the … Continue reading

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One Small Step for Casting…

As Larry Carroll reports on the MTV Movies Blog, several of the cast and crew of “Twilight” have had their names launched to the Moon and into orbit around the Sun. Uncannily, Lana received her Certificates of Participation in NASA’s … Continue reading

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Rabid Twilight Fans Want to Know

Cocoa from the Twilight Lexicon blog has posted this: Have you ever wondered just how a movie cast? What is the process? What types of decisions are made and why? Well, wonder no more! Lana Veenker, one of the principal … Continue reading

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15 Minutes on the IMDb Homepage

We already thought it was pretty cool to be quoted in an article this month for Wired magazine on using MySpace as a casting tool: Filmmakers Find Fresh Talent on MySpace By Hugh Hart 03.14.08 | 12:00 AM He’s worked … Continue reading

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Lights, Camera, Extras: Casting Agencies Flourish

Portland Business Journal (by subscription) Friday, September 21st, 2007 by Matthew Kish Business Journal staff writer Lana Veenker says her Portland-based casting agency is in the midst of its best year ever. Link to article: Photo: Cathy Cheney | Portland … Continue reading

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Headshots are Great. Buzz is Better!

[W]hen we receive general submissions from an actor we haven’t met, yes, we look for good photos, solid training, and credits, but we also ask ourselves: Who is this person? The Actors Voice Lana Veenker’s POV: Portland 01 September 2007 … Continue reading

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From Couch Surfing to Casting Couch?!?

Oy! I just discovered that the Small Business Development Center has revealed my humble beginnings to the world. An interview I did for the SBDC’s “We Mean Business” newsletter has been republished on the PCC website. Now everyone can read … Continue reading

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La Croisette nous attend….

I’ll let others do the talking: E! Online Cannes Courts Quentin, Coens, Brangelina by Josh Grossberg Thu, 19 Apr 2007 The world’s biggest film fest will launch next month with a lineup that includes films from Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, … Continue reading

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Regionally Speaking

Popping in after a long hiatus from blogging and from a bona fide one-week vacation! Yes, folks, we actually closed the office between Christmas and New Year’s for the first time in the seven years since I started the company. … Continue reading

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